Metro East burglaries frustrating police, have neighbors on edge


by Staff

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 13 at 5:15 AM

MADISON COUNTY, Il ( -- Five home burglaries in just two weeks have Madison County detectives reaching out for help.

Detectives tell News 4 these burglars go to great lengths to make sure no one is home. Some measures include going door to door to scout potential targets.

Police warn if someone comes to the door asking odd questions or not making a lot of sense, that could be a red flag.

Arnold Buescher and his wife live just down the road from one of the latest targets of Madison County burglars, and they say it all starts with a knock on the door.

“They asked if she received or had made a 911 call and by the time she got up they were gone and it was their means of determining if she was in the house,” he said.

Detectives believe the criminals drive out to rural areas, then begin looking for well-kept homes with no cars in the driveway, or any sign that someone might be inside.

“They’re looking for someone who has left the city, moved to the country to have peace and quiet and they know those individuals are going to be at work every day from 9-5 and thats what they’re doing they’re targeting those homes,” said Captain Mike Dixon of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

Captain Dixon says they’re very good at what they do; breaking in, grabbing guns, jewerly, grills—according to one theory—anything they can trade for drugs.

“People that are addicted to narcotics know that they can quickly trade a television and or a gun for narcotics,” he added.

Dixon said he’s counting on tips from the community to track down the suspects, but so far no arrests.

As for Arnold Buescher, he says he’s not scared but he is prepared.

“If they came into our place, they’d be met with a gun.”

Police say residents can take measures to protect their home. They recommend leaving a car in the driveway, locking doors, and talking to neighbors about anything suspicious.

Investigators say any information—something as simple as the color of vehicle—can be critical in helping them solve these crimes.